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I sat outside a grocery... -- Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
I sat outside a grocery store next to a street person, a thin, worn-looking woman whom I had seen ar
Hello, Prayers Are Us? Hi... -- Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
"Hello, Prayers Are Us? Hi, I'd like to order a prayer.
A close friend and colleague... -- Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
A close friend and colleague tells the story of a rich man in his congregation who is always compell
Any book on parenting that... -- Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A
Any book on parenting that does not include at least one chapter on the skill of cutting a pie so th
The theme of God's impartiality... -- Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A
The theme of God's impartiality and equitable judgment is stressed here --even "in the case of a poo
An electrician was performing some... -- Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A
An electrician was performing some work in a church office while three preachers were discussing the
Merle Allison Johnson's provocative book... -- Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 -- Reformation Sunday - A
Merle Allison Johnson's provocative book, Religious Roulette (and Other Dangerous Games Christian
When Jesus stood up in... -- Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 -- Reformation Sunday - A
When Jesus stood up in his hometown synagogue and told the folks he had come "to announce good news
The religious publishing house had... -- Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
The religious publishing house had established the word puzzle game as an incentive to increase the
Several years ago, the Petoskey... -- Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
Several years ago, the Petoskey, Michigan, News-Review had two local news items on the same p
Those who serve God with... -- Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
Those who serve God with all their hearts will be heard, for prayer does not rest until it reaches i
Do we need help? On... -- Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
Do we need help? On this day in 1929 the stock market began to show signs of weakness.

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